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Looking for Microsoft Insiders at Novell

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Remember Acacia employees that used to work for Microsoft before the lawsuit against Linux? Remember a top XenSource executive who used to work for Microsoft just before what is believed to be a hijack by proxy? Or the iPlayer fiasco [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6] that goes on in Britain? It all happened after a deal with Microsoft where ex-Softies had grabbed top roles at the BBC. Mark Taylor from the OSC had this to say:

Q: Now, when you say a smoking gun, what exactly do you mean?

Mark Taylor: Well, the -- (laughter) -- the thing is, the iPlayer is not what it claimed to be, it is built top-to-bottom on a Microsoft-only stack, the BBC management team who are responsible for the iPlayer are a checklist of senior employees from Microsoft who were involved with Windows Media. A gentleman called Erik Huggers who's responsible for the iPlayer project in the BBC, his immediately previous job was director at Microsoft for Europe, Middle East & Africa responsible for Windows Media. He presided over the division of Windows Media when it was the subject of the European Commission's antitrust case. He was the senior director responsible. He's now shown up responsible for the iPlayer project.


Does anyone know Novell employees (executives in particular) that have a career record or direct involvement with Microsoft? Miguel de Icaza and Nat Friedman come to mind [1, 2], but who else?

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